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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
To a Young Lady
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
Who had been Reproached for Taking Long Walks in the Country

DEAR child of nature, let them rail!
There is a nest in a green dale,
  A harbor and a hold,
Where thou, a wife and friend, shalt see
Thy own heart-stirring days, and be        5
A light to young and old.
 
There, healthy as a shepherd boy,
And treading among flowers of joy
  Which at no season fade,
Thou, while thy babes around thee cling,        10
Shalt show us how divine a thing
  A woman may be made.
 
Thy thoughts and feelings shall not die,
Nor leave thee, when gray hairs are nigh,
  A melancholy slave;        15
But an old age serene and bright,
And lovely as a Lapland night,
  Shall lead thee to thy grave.
 
 
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